A sis­ter de­voted to pas­toral care

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION -

In con­junc­tion with the religious women and men of Prince Ed­ward Is­land who are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Year of Con­se­crated Life as in­vited by Pope Fran­cis, The Guardian is fea­tur­ing some of th­ese men and women. This month’s pro­file is on Sr. Ber­nice Steele.

Con­gre­ga­tion: Sis­ters of St.

Martha of P.E.I.

Home­town: Bed­ford.

Years in vowed pro­fes­sion: 51 years.

Min­istries: Reg­is­tered nurse, lab­o­ra­tory as­sis­tant and hos­pi­tal of­fice man­ager; pas­toral care co­or­di­na­tor, QEH and St. Marcy Clare’s Hos­pi­tal, St. John’s, N.L; sis­ter co-or­di­na­tor for the Sis­ters at the Mount; presently on sab­bat­i­cal.

Favourite im­age of Je­sus: Al­low­ing Mary Mag­dalen to anoint his feet with oil, much to the cha­grin of those around her.

A per­son who in­flu­enced my faith life: One of my religious sis­ters who has been a men­tor to me for 45 years.

An Is­land spot I es­pe­cially like: St. Pe­ters Bay be­cause of the beauty and be­cause I was bap­tized in St. Pe­ters Church and I lived nearby lived in Five Houses un­til I was five years old.

If I could lunch with a saint: It would be Saint Hilde­gard of Bin­gen be­cause of her mu­sic and love of na­ture.

What rocks my world to­day: the ex­cite­ment around what sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered about the uni­verse; how all is one in the Uni­verse and how sci­ence and the­ol­ogy are work­ing to­gether.

Some­thing I ap­pre­ci­ate about com­mu­nity life: Our com­mon mis­sion, God’s mis­sion and the sup­port that is pro­vided in com­mu­nity, i.e. spir­i­tual, emo­tional and phys­i­cal such as com­mon prayer, wor­ship, dreams and fun to­gether.

An in­ter­est­ing fact about me: My love of peo­ple and na­ture and my sense of hu­mour.

My fa­vorite au­thor: El­iz­a­beth A. John­ston.

Slo­gan I would give for my life: “You are God’s work of art” Eph. 4.

What I would say to some­one con­sid­er­ing choos­ing religious life: You must have a de­sire to be hum­ble and strong ser­vants who are open to the new­ness of the 21st cen­tury; have a de­sire to live the “new nor­mal” that does not have a sec­u­lar road map but the road map of Scrip­ture in­ter­preted in a new way, in a new cen­tury; have a pas­sion to work for so­cial and eco­log­i­cal jus­tice.

Sr. Ber­nice Steele

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